Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez was supposed to face Gabriel Rosado over the past weekend in Long Beach, California. Still, a mishap saw his bout canceled and his future at the light heavyweight limit of 175 lbs in jeopardy. Ramirez, who is best known for making five world title defenses of the WBO super middleweight world title, which Ramirez won in 2016 over the champion, Arthur Abraham, now seems destined to move up to cruiserweight next.
Ramirez, who ended up weighing in unofficially at 182.6 pounds, now sees his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, eyeballing a new fight for the former champion, one against current WBC cruiserweight world champion, Badou Jack.
For Ramirez this was his first fight after facing Dmitry Bivol, who soundly outpointed him in Saudi Arabia, his bout against Gabriel Rosado was viewed by many insiders, as an opportunity for Ramirez to get back to his winning ways as Rosado, is a super middleweight moving up to light heavyweight.
"'Zurdo' has to really think about and dig deep down inside what he really wants to do," Furthered De La Hoya.
Now it is a waiting game, as Ramirez seems not just to have lost out on a fight, but also a six-figure pay-day and the chance to main event a card. With his return now in flux, another pillar of Golden Boy Promotions, Bernard Hopkins showed frustration with Ramirez.
“Not just should you know what you weigh all the time, but your handlers, who you are paying should be mindful because you’re paying them,” said Bernard Hopkins about “Zurdo” Ramirez missing weight in a video widely circulated by Supreme Boxing on Instagram over the weekend. “That you won’t embarrass yourself, which would embarrass your team, and now we’re at this point to talk about it.”